Tuesday, March 12, 2013
What do Catholics in South Whitehall want in the next pope as cardinals meet and cast secret ballots in Rome this week?
Tuesday, March 12
Cardinals have begun meeting in Rome to select a successor to Pope Benedict XVI. Fox News reports: Cardinals held their final closed-door debate Monday over whether the church needs more of a manager to clean up the Vatican's bureaucratic mess or a pastor to inspire the 1.2 billion faithful in times of crisis. What kind of pope do you think the Catholic Church needs? Vote in our poll and add your comments below. The conclave of cardinals includes 115 clergy under age 80 who will vote in secrecy. The process could take several days with no clear front runner evident, according to a Huffington Post-Reuters report. Seventy-seven votes are needed for victory. The cardinals—known as "Princes of the Church"—won't emerge from their seclusion …
Monday, February 25, 2013
Allentown Bishop John Barres will celebrate a special Mass for Pope Benedict on Wednesday
A special Mass in Thanksgiving for His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI will be celebrated at the Cathedral of St. Catharine of Siena in Allentown on Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. Diocese of Allentown Bishop John Barres will be the celebrant of the Mass. Wednesday will be the last full day of Pope Benedict’s nearly eight-year papacy. The resignation the Pope announced earlier this month will take effect the next day. In his statement on the pope’s resignation Bishop Barres said, “On behalf of the entire Diocese of Allentown, I offer our prayers to Pope Benedict XVI as he prepares for his well-deserved retirement.” The Wednesday evening Mass will be an opportunity for the people of the Diocese to gather in prayer for the Pope. The Mass will be …
Monday, February 11, 2013
Allentown Bishop John Barres says Pope Benedict XVI has 'Inspired the world.'
"Pope Benedict XVI's decision to resign on February 28 is "an act of great courage and humility," Allentown Diocese Bishop John Barres said in a statement issued Monday. What's your reaction to the Pope's announcement? What has been the impact of his papacy? Tell us in the comments section below. Barres noted that the Pope's decision to step down due to failing health came on -- not coincidentally -- the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, and World Day of the Sick. "His contemplative serenity and radiant joy as the Vicar of Christ has inspired the entire world," said Barres, who leads 270,000 Catholics across the Allentown Diocese including about 67,000 in Lehigh County and 76,000 in Northampton County. Barres recalled fondly a fleeting …